Archive for February, 2009

This morning, we woke up and spotted the panini maker sitting on the counter from last.  We immediately wanted another panini, so that’s what we made for breakfast!


  • egg whites
  • slice of smoked turkey
  • feta
  • spinach
  • tomato
  • sprouted wheat bread



  • eggs
  • smoked turkey
  • tomato
  • spinach
  • Colby-Jack cheese


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Last night for Brady’s birthday we had people over! A few people came for dinner but most just came to celebrate after dinner! We had a great time playing WII and Partini while managing to consume a LOT of beer and wine!

Napkin of the night:


B-Day cupcakes:


I wanted to make something easy and fun for dinner since people were coming over right after. Paninis seemed like the perfect thing because Brady loves sandwiches!

We had an assortment of choices:

  • grilled chicken we cut into strips
  • bacon
  • smoked turkey
  • Colby-jack cheese
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • pickles
  • avocado
  • apple
  • black bean spread (just pureed black beans with red pepper flakes)
  • roasted red pepper spread ( pureed roasted red peppers)
  • mustard
  • mayo



Plus a salad:


And some DELICIOUS roasted veggies (zuc, squash, and potatoes) that Brady made and I somehow missed. 😦

Such a fun night!!


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This dinner was so delicous!  I’m not sure if it was because I was really hungry from a long day at school and then a tough workout or if it really was as good as I thought.

I got the idea from my new Oxygen magazine.  It’s a very clean meal with tons of protein and whole grain carbs, plus it’s packed with veggies and fiber!!

Quinoa Fritatta (Idea from Oxygen Magazine)

  • 1 c. cooked quinoa
  • 1 c. or more fresh broccoli steamed or microwaved for a min.
  • some leftover frozen artichokes and spinach
  • 1/3 c. fat free feta
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 c. (estimated) egg whites
  1. Cook quinoa as directed.
  2. Heat veggies so they are not frozen and slightly tender.
  3. Mix egg whites, veggies, feta and seasoning together.
  4. Bake at 400 for 30 min. or until egg whites are cooked (I got impatient and put the dish in the microwave for the last two minutes to speed things up!


And a close up…


This meal was soo good!  I think Brady would like it too!  For him, I might add some chicken or bacon :).  Another good modification would be adding salsa/avacado/cumin and going with the Mexican theme!

I’m already looking forward to my lunch leftovers tomorrow!!


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And the Winners Are…

What a FUN contest!  Thanks to everyone who commented!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

62	95	16

Timestamp: 2009-02-18 03:03:11 UTC

The three lucky winners of the Cheerios giveaway are:

16: tammigirl

95: Hallie

62: Danielle

Please email me your addresses so the prizes can go out right away!!

Thanks for all of the support!


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Tomorrow (Tuesday)  at noon is the deadline for the Cheerios Contest!

Make sure to comment HERE to enter for a chance to win one of the three gift packages!


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The night started with this… Cheap and filled to the brim (thanks Brady!)


Champagne + diet Cranberry juice and berries!


The Menu:


The Perfect Pair Salad:

The Naked and Half-Naked Shrimp (marinated in lemon juice, brown sugar, thyme and oregano)


The Hunk of Meat for Brady:


The Lovely Legs:


The hear shaped Sweetie Potato:


Cupid’s Love Spears:


The Be My Cookie Dough Cheesecake (LOW FAT – recipe to come later!)


We could NOT eat even half of this but the leftovers were great!

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After a fun Friday night, recap later today, we slept in a little bit and decided on a special brunch!  I wanted pancakes and Brady didn’t care so that’s what it was!  He didn’t know how much fiber he was going to get.  🙂

Oat Bran Oatmeal Pancakes

  • 3/4 c. oatbran
  • 3/4 c. oatmeal
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 c. soy milk
  • 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Cook the mix in a heart shaped cookie cutter!


Mine: Covered with smashed banana and almond butter!  Plus REAL maple syrup!


**Don’t forget to comment on the Banana Nut Cheerios for one of three chances to win!!  Contest Link!

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Who would like a chance to try the NEW Banana Nut Cheerios?!

There are delicious!  With a hint of real banana flavor, they are lightly sweetened and multigrain!  The banana flavor is natural not fake and artificial tasting.    This cereal would be the perfect addition to a trial mix, a parfait or just a bowl of milk!


To check out more info go to the Cheerios website!


There are two ways to win one of the three packages from Cheerios!

1. Leave a comment on this post!

2. Link back to the contest or the blog!

The packages include a coupon for a free box of Banana Nut Cheerios, a loaf pan, two cereal bowls, and a banana tree with a fruit basket.


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Special Friday

Happy Valentine’s Party at School Day!


Update on Valentine Treats tomorrow!

Happy Friday!


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Crockpot of…


For dinner, on my own, last night I threw some things in the crockpot before school.  My recipe was modeled off a recipe my friend Meg emailed me and a Robin Miller Quick Fix Meal.  I skipped the chicken this time because it was just me.  I will make this again for Brady and add chicken because it was a great filling meal!

Rosemary Tuscon Veggies

  • 2 c. chopped mushrooms
  • 2 c. chopped onions
  • garlic powder
  • fresh garlic
  • 1 can white beans
  • 3 c. veggie broth
  • 4 c. swiss chard/collard greens
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • salt and pepper

Place veggies and broth in the crockpot.  Add seasonings and cover with greens.  Heat on low for 3-5 hours.

Yum!  I ate this over brown rice.  🙂


I have been a little MIA lately but I have been working out, teaching, tutoring and spending time with girlfriends!  Things should be more normal next week!  I also have a fun Valentine dinner planned!!

Happy Friday!

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